Tinga Camp, Chad
Conservation success story
Tinga Camp sits within Zakouma National Park, set on the banks of the Tinga River, surrounded by impressive tamarind trees. Despite a chequered history of civil war and poaching, it has a remarkable conservation story to tell and is now flourishing, yet visitors remain few and far between.
This classic rondavel style camp consists of a total of 20 chalets—12 standard and 8 superior. All are basic but comfortable with mosquito-netted beds and simple but serviceable en suite bathrooms. The main area has deep seats to sink into and wonderful views over the surrounding bush—the ideal spot to relax or birdwatch. The dining area is open sided to take in the natural surroundings and bush dinners out in the wild are a highlight. The menu features an eclectic mix of Chadian and Western cuisine.
South of the Sahara but north of the rainforest belt, Zakouma is a primary transition zone for central and west African wildlife. Following a huge conservation effort by African Parks elephant and lion populations have flourished and leopards and rare Kordofan giraffe are also present along with plenty of plains game. The birding is exceptional and you may spot 5000-strong flocks of black-crowned crane, murmurations of red-billed quelea, Abyssinian rollers, bee-eaters, plenty of raptors and the extremely rare black-breasted barbet. Game drives and walking safaris will showcase the wildlife while visits to schools, markets and community outreach programmes are also available.
Tourism in Chad is in its infancy the beauty and bounty of Zakouma is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. This is a safari haven for those in the know!
Why we like it
Very low visitor numbers
Flourishing elephant population
A birder’s paradise
Africa‘s best kept secret